Maharahstra Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Tuesday ordered the officials of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to inquire into the complaint of inflated bills by legendary singer Asha Bhosle. Bhosle was stumped after receiving an electricity bill worth over Rs. 53,000 for her unused bungalow in Lonawala.
According to sources, the heavy bill could be due to a technical glitch in computerised billing system.
Mumbai city unit BJP president Ashish Shelar has taken up the issue with the minister.
In a statement issued, Shelar said the government has instructed the officer concerned in Pune to look into the matter.
The said bungalow is located on Tungarli lake road in Lonavala, which Bhosale claimed is rarely in use.
Despite it, the power bill for September was calculated at Rs. 16,411.84. The bill has also mentioned that the owner has an outstanding amount of Rs. 37,168.35 over non-payment of the previous bills, as per the statement issued by Shelar.
Bawankule assured Shelar that his department would investigate the unit consumption and make amends if necessary. Bhosle has received similar bills in the past for the same bungalow that remains locked for most of the year.